Video: How to survive when someone opens fire

Aurora Theater Shooting
Scene from "Run. Hide. Fight. - How to Survive an Active Shooter Event"

Scene from “Run. Hide. Fight. – How to Survive an Active Shooter Event”

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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, the city of Houston has released a video tape that shows you how to survive an “active shooter event.”

The video was produced with money from the Department of Homeland Security. It depicts a fictitious shooting inside an office building. WARNING: The video below includes an actor shooting a gun.

If you ever find yourself in the middle of an event where someone starts shooting a gun, your survival may depend on whether you have a plan.

“The plan doesn’t have to be complicated,” the video’s narrator says. “There are three things you can do that could make a difference: run, hide, fight.”

“I can’t imagine the horror and grief,” says Houston Mayor Annise Parker in a statement. “If it is at all possible for any good to come out of it, perhaps it can be letting people know the options to consider if it happens again.”

The City of Houston’s website offers some tips:
— Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying.
— Encourage others to leave with you but don’t let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape.
— Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
— If you can’t get out safely, find a place to hide.
— When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone.
— As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight.

For more information on how to be prepared for an active shooter and to view or order a copy of the “Are You Ready?” DVD, which includes the Run.Hide.Fight. video, visit reports the production on the video had started before the July 20 shooting in Aurora.

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